2007-11-30: The Cultural Politics of 'Terror' in the Middle East: One-day interdisciplinary conference

Akil Awan, Ben O'Loughlin and Lina Khatib will be speaking at this event. Lina is organising it. 

Friday 30 November 2007, 9:00-5:00pm

Room 1.70 (first floor), Franklin-Wilkins Building, King's College Waterloo Campus, 150 Stamford Street, Waterloo, London SE1 9NH.

(Nearest station: Waterloo (Northern, Bakerloo, Jubilee, Waterloo and City Lines + National Rail)
Conference fee is £5 per person payable at the door
Pre-registration is required as places are limited; please email: marie.gallagher@rhul.ac.uk

Download Registration form.

Conference organiser: Dr Lina Khatib

Supported by:
Humanities and Arts Research Centre, RHUL
Faculty of History and Social Sciences, RHUL
Faculty of Arts, RHUL
New Political Communication Unit, Department of Politics and International Relations, RHUL
Centre for Global and Transnational Politics, Department of Politics and International Relations, RHUL
Department of Media Arts, RHUL


9:00am-9:30am Registration
9:30am-9:50am Welcome – Dr. Lina Khatib (Royal Holloway, University of London (RHUL))

 Session 1: ‘Terror’, Terrorism and Imperial Policies (9:50am-11:10am)

Chair: Prof. Mandy Merck (RHUL)

Prof. Gilbert Achcar (SOAS): ‘Terror’ as a post-Cold War legitimation discourse
Prof. Anoush Ehteshami (University of Durham): The construction of ‘terror’ in the context of Iran's relationship with the United States

Discussant: Prof. Sandra Halperin (RHUL)

Break: 11:10-12:30

Session 2: ‘Terror’ in the Middle East (11:30am-12:50pm)

Chair: Dr. Dina Matar (SOAS)

Prof. Martin Shaw (University of Sussex): Naming conflict: contested narratives and confused concepts
Dr. Mamoun Fandy (IISS): Terrorizing each other: Middle East governments and their opponents
Discussant: Prof. Sami Zubaida (Birkbeck, University of London)

Lunch Break: 12:50-2:00

Session 3: The Construction of ‘Terror’ in the Media (2:00pm-3:20pm)

Chair: Dr. Tarik Sabry (University of Westminster)
Prof. Jean Seaton (University of Westminster): Hard lessons in communicating terrorism: what can we learn from the Northern Ireland experience?
Dr. Ben O’Loughlin (RHUL)/Dr. Andrew Hoskins (University of Warwick): Qana 2006: Credibility in an age of diffuse war
Discussant: Dr. Zahera Harb (University of Nottingham)

Break: 3:20-3:40
Session 4: ‘Terror’, Propaganda and Counter-propaganda (3:40pm-5:00pm)
Chair: Dr. Lina Khatib (RHUL)
Paul Eedle, (Director, Outthere News): Does al-Qaeda’s propaganda work?: measuring the significance of jihadi videos and internet forums in inciting Muslims to political violence
Michael Shrimpton (Barrister, Adjunct Professor in the Department of National Security, Intelligence & Space Studies, American Military University): Abu Ghraib and Al-Haditha - A classic exercise in deception and media manipulation

Discussant: Akil Awan (RHUL)

Close 5:00pm